Recorded on February 28, 1992, Charles Amirkhanian interviews composer Julia Wolfe, and plays a selection of her works. Wolfe discuses the origins of several of the rather unusual titles for her compositions. We then hear “The Vermeer Room” which is scored for 16 instruments as well as her string quartet “Four Marys.” This later work, we learn, was inspired by a Scottish folk tune yet fails to quote any of the original work or even reference Scottish folk music. The second half of the program is then dedicated to the works of Ivan Wyschnegradsky, who is best known for his microtonal works and his invention of the quarter-tone piano. We hear 12 of his preludes for two quarter-tone pianos as well as an excerpt of an early microtonal string quartet.
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